she wished she’d received when she was sick
Below is an article sent to me by Adam Grant in his latest newsletter, he wrote a fantastic book that really challenged me to look at the world around me in a different way, the book is called “Give and Take” if you are interested. I personally have one friend who is currently terminally ill, and another who is doing her best to fight Lymphoma and to that end just had a stem cell transplant to try and help her body recover from the beating it has taken with chemo. Tanya.
These are the cards Emily McDowell wished she’d received when she was battling Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 24.
Instead of trite sympathy cards, Emily has designed a range of ’empathy cards’ for people suffering from serious illnesses.
The LA-based designer explains on her website: ‘I created this collection of empathy cards for serious illness because I believe we need some better, more authentic ways to communicate about sickness and suffering.
After her diagnosis, Emily endured nine months of chemo and radiation, before being told she was in remission.
She’s now 38 years old and says she’s ‘incredibly fortunate’ to have been cancer-free ever since.
She writes of her battle with the disease: The most difficult part of my illness wasn’t losing my hair, or being erroneously called “sir” by Starbucks baristas, or sickness from chemo.
‘It was the loneliness and isolation I felt when many of my close friends and family members disappeared because they didn’t know what to say, or said the absolute wrong thing without realizing it.’
She hopes her empathy cards will help people to find the words they’re searching for.
Check out Emily’s range of cards, tote bags and mugs on her website here.